Review: Guerilla Toss, SARALEE, Giving Up, Bad History Month @ JP Drive-In

Date: October 26, 2013

Bad History Month: Bad History Month is solo Sean History Month, singer and guitarist of Fat History Month, who you all know as Boston’s dearest underground band. The crowds descend downstairs, greeted by the warm presence of Sean, his guitar, amp, and bass drum. The bass drum seems to be something of a new addition for Sean as he has anointed us the crowd a focus group for his percussion aided performance. Sean’s gentle playing is a beautiful thing, full of depth and intensity. The liberating, calming sound that is a History Month set is so distinguishing, so relaxing. I kept thinking to myself, what a pleasure to be in a basement right now listening to this set. The only tune that I recognize is “Fucking Despair” from the same-name-can’t-recommend-enough album so don’t count me in as an expert of the nitty gritty for tonight’s set. Which might not be a bad thing – the mood generated was most notable and left us feeling better than we did thirty minutes prior.

SARALEE: I won’t speak for Chris, but I think he’ll agree with me here – Saralee is a band we hold near and dear. We first saw Sara [vocal/guitar] and Lee [drums] perform as Saralee back on May 26, 2011, opening for Peach Kelli Pop at the Problem House in Allston. That was our first Boston basement show. From that point forward – roughly – our eyes were opened to the magic of the local scene. Seeing Saralee in a grimy basement is all I know of seeing Saralee first hand. So when they took to the non-stage last night, I was brought to a rather familiar place. A cozy place. The tunes of Saralee are like small pieces of nostalgia, a soundtrack to things that might have occurred in childhood or yesterday or in the future. They are uplifting songs, at least to my hears. The only comparison I can really come up with is early OCs – if in light tone and playful minimalism. They played a dozen or so jams, most topping out at around a couple of minutes. There was a time during the winter months of both 2012 and 2013 that I spent hours for several consecutive days listening to Saralee’s DEMO at work. You’d think I would get sick of it, but it just put me in high spirits…continuously. That was the case with SARALEE tonight. I loved every minute of it, Lee’s artistic drumming synced with Sara’s ultra reverby delivery. This is a band that has won hearts across the nation in a tour culminating in this very basement. I’m sure of it. Their self-titled LP just released on 12″ hand-screened vinyl is stunning. Listen there and pick up a copy or pick up the copy and smile wide! It’ll be a favorite.

Giving Up: One of the most unfortunate things that can happen for a big fan of live music is showing up late and paying the consequences of being squished in the back. This is most trying in close quarters. So there we go, I don’t think I ever got a solid view of Giving Up, but thank God for my ears. I heard ’em! I dug what I heard, bizarre folk sorta like Page France but noisy, more demented. Catchy! A perfect complement to Saralee being all hazily distinct and stuff. Memory music. Also, I’ve been informed that Lee was on drums. Nice Lee. Check these Midwesterners out: http://givingup.bandcamp.com/ !

Guerilla TossG-Toss can just about do anything they damn want and like most things so very irresistible, crowds will follow! Every show I’ve seen Guerilla Toss play has been push and shove, so beware people who like to take things easy. There’s not another Guerilla Toss in the world – Cassie, Peter, Simon, Ian, and Arian – make/display some of the craziest stuff I’ve ever heard/seen. Punk rock stripped to its most feral motions, radically spun with noise, glitches, consistent freak outs. It’s a very held together thing though. I’m always amused just by being witness to what is going on and the domineering clutching fist enveloping the crowd, making them suspects of a short duration assault. YA i’m down for this! http://guerillatoss.bandcamp.com/

Fat History Month Announce New Album/ Tour W/ Pile (March 22-April 29)

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Exciting news today, everyone’s favorite Boston duo, Fat History Month have announced a new album, Bad History Month (which you would have known if you had been paying attention), being released on April Fool’s Day (4/1/13) on Sophomore Lounge and Exploding In Sound Records!

Bad History Month Tracklist:
1. (bad history)
2. Bad History Month
3. The Future
4. Everyday Is Christmas
5. Couch Killed The Cowboy
6. Bald History Month
7. Cat in a Box
8. Blackholes Suck
9. It Is What It Isn’t
10. (bad future)
11. There Goes The Sun
12. I Ate Myself And I Want To Die

But, hold your horses, there’s more news. Fat History Month are also hitting the road for a massive tour with fellow, local
kings, Pile (http://pile.bandcamp.com/). Check the dates below to see if they’re coming to your town:

2/16 ALLSTON MA – GREAT SCOTT w/ Big Mess, Pile, Sneeze
3/22 CAMBRIDGE MA- MIDDLE EAST UPSTAIRS w/ Kal Marks and Big Mess*
3/23 BUFFALO NY-  DBGB’S
3/24 DETROIT MI- JUMBO’S
3/25 CHICAGO IL – ABBEY PUB w/ Geronimo! and My Dad*
3/26 MILWAUKEE WI – QUARTER’S w/ Absolutely*
3/27 MINNEAPOLIS MN – MEDUSA w/ Buildings and Ex-nuns*
3/28 OMAHA NE – O’LEAVER’S PUB*
3/29 DENVER CO-  TBA*
3/30 SALT LAKE CITY UT* BAR DELUXE
3/31 MISSOULA MT – OLE BECK VFW POST 209 w/ Boys and St. Elias*
4/1 BELLINGHAM WA – CABIN TAVERN w/ St. Elias*
4/2 SEATTLE WA – THE BLACK LODGE w/ Devotion and St. Elias*
4/3 PORTLAND OR – EAST END w/ Gladness and St. Elias*
4/4 ARCATA CA – CRESCENT HOUSE*
4/5 YUBA CITY CA – THE CAVE*
4/6 SAN FRANCISCO CA – HEMLOCK TAVERN* W/ CUMSTAIN
4/7 OAKLAND CA – THE TREES
4/8 SAN LUIS OBISPO CA- CROSSROADS*
4/9 SANTA BARBARA CA-  BIKO GARAGE *
4/10 LOS ANGELES CA – ORIGAMI VINYL (EARLY SHOW)*
4/11 SAN DIEGO CA – TIN CAN ALE HOUSE*
4/12 TEMPE AZ*
4/13 FLAGSTAFF AZ – A LIVING ROOM*
4/14 ALBUQUERQUE NM-  THE IRON HOUSE*
4/15 AMARILLO TX – THE 806*
4/16 DALLAS/DENTON  TX-  TBA*
4/17 AUSTIN TX-  HOTEL VEGAS
4/18 HOUSTON TX – NOTSUOH*
4/19 NEW ORLEANS LA – ONE EYED JACKS*
4/20 PENSACOLA FL – THE HANDLEBAR*
4/21 BIRMINGHAM AL – THE FORGE
4/22 NASHVILLE TN – THE OWL FARM
4/23 LOUISVIKLLE KY – HAYMARKET WHISKEY BAR
4/24 BLOOMINGTON IN – SOUND WORKSHOP
4/25 ATHENS OH- LOBSTER FEST
4/26 PHILADELPHIA PA- THE GREAT INDOORS
4/27 NEW BRUNWICK NJ- COOLER RANCH
4/28 BROOKLYN NY – DEATH BY AUDIO
4/29 ALLSTON MA*- Great Scott
* – w/ Pile

Info via: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/02/fat_history_mon.html#more

Why not listen to Museum of Fat History Volume 1, a collection of old demos, B sides, and live covers dating as far back as 2007? http://fathistorymonth.bandcamp.com/album/museum-of-fat-history-vol-1

Best Of 2012: LPs and More!

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In a few hours it will be 2013, but before I enter the new year I have to look back at my favorite releases in 2012. The following are my top ten:

1) The Barbaras- The Barbaras: 2006-2008 (Goner)

2) Fat Creeps- Fat Creeps EP (Self-Released)

3) Black Lips- Black Lips Live @ Third Man Records (Third Man)

4) Cumstain- White People Problems (Burger)- Okay, not officially released, but still, a favorite of mine.

5) Yankee Power- Zoo Traffic (Self-Released)

6) Hunx- Hairdresser Blues (Hardly Art)

7) Ty Segall- Twins (Drag City)

8) Gravys Drop- For the Love of Gravy (Burger)

9) Maine Coons- Maine Coons 7″ (Stencil Trash)

10) Fat History Month- Live at the Bruce Manor (http://fathistorymonth.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-bruce-manor-super-xxx-ebition)

2013 shall be a year of great releases I predict.

Fat History Month/New England Patriots January 2013 Tour (1/14-1/26)

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1/14-1/26 Tour w/ New England Patriots:
1/14  Brooklyn, NY Death By Audio
1/15 New Brunswick, NJ  The Alamo 
1/16 Richmond, VA Bauhaus 
1/17 Athens OH Casa Nueva 
1/18 Cincinnatti,OH Baba Budans 239 West McMillan Street
1/19 Nashville, TN Tower 2 at the WTC 3929 Gallatin Pike 
1/20 Murfreesboro, TN Frankie Avalon house w/gnarwhal, piss bath?
1/21 Atlanta, GA The Office
1/22 Asheville, NC The Get Down
1/23 Raleigh, NC Yerducken House
1/24 Harrisonburg, VA The Crayola 
1/25 Ewing, NJ  a house
1/26 TBA
1/27 T.T. The Bears, Berfest 
If you live in or nearby any of these cities, go to the show! Fat History Month in particular is a KLYAM favorite. And for you Boston people , they’re also playing  this show:

Fat History Month- “Yeayer”/ Live @ GG’s (3/18/10)


“SHYB put this sweet tart together. You can watch it on your TV, way bigger than youtube. Live shit, 20 songs in 74 minutes, snakes eating and backwards slomo clothed humps are some highlights. A nice way to while away a grey day.
In memory of Gay Gardens, a house that was a home to us many days in the last 5 years, here’s a kinda shitty set we played there one time way back in the hoary March of 2010. We’ll miss you big buddy. ”
-Fat History Month
1) Instirmentle
2) Ice Storm
3) Nature
4) Dino
5) Things I Enjoy
Listen here: http://fathistorymonth.bandcamp.com/album/yeayer

Also, here’s a link to their radio appearance on WMBR’s pipeline this past Tuesday (11/13/12): http://pipeline.wmbr.org/